Meet our featured animal: the koala!
Here are five fun facts about koalas:
- Koalas are marsupials, closer related to wombats and kangaroos.
- As marsupials, female koalas have pouches where their young stay until fully developed. Unlike kangaroo pouches, which open towards the top, koala pouches are located towards the bottom of their bodies and open outward.
- Extra thick fur on their bottoms and a cartilaginous pad at the base of their spines provide cushioning so koalas can sit comfortably on branches for hours.
- Koalas have bacteria in their stomachs that break down the fiber and toxic oils of eucalyptus leaves and allow them to absorb 25% of the nutrients.
- In order to survive on such a low calorie diet, they conserve energy by moving slowly and sleeping around 20 hours a day.
Learn more at our koala facts page!